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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

John Deeth Blog: Iowa City Council Candidates Consider Impact of 21 Bar Referendum

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

Young people are statistically the least likely voters, especially in
local elections in high-turnover college towns. But last week, Iowa
City saw a burst of presidential-level voting activity on the
University of Iowa campus. This burst of civic activism was prompted
by an issue with direct impact on most students: their nightlife. Iowa
City voters are considering an ordinance that would prevent anyone
under age 21 from entering bars after 10 p.m. The question was placed
on the ballot by a citizen petition allowed under Iowa City's home
rule charter. Proponents argue the ordinance would reduce underage
and binge drinking, while supporters contend it would merely push
partying to the less controlled house-party environment.

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